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Islam In India and Southeast Asia (video) Sulayman Nyang
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In this speech given at the Dar al Islam Institute in New Mexico, Sulayman Nyang captures the history of the Muslim experience in Central, South, and Southeast Asia. Traveling Muslim armies and trading expeditions gave rise to the spread and development of Islam in this part of the world many centuries ago. And although the distinct cultures, languages, and dynasties that existed in this region all presented various barriers for Islamic development they also presented many opportunities. Learn the fascinating history behind the knowledge transfer between the Arab Muslims and the Hindus, Chinese and other Asians from language blending, cultural adaptations, building of Masjids, and other community establishments. How did the coming of Islam affect these groups and influence the remnants we all see in Asia today?
"And of course, Indian knowledge was also transmitted to West Asia, not only in the field of medicine and astronomy, but in mathematics. That's one of the reasons why today, we borrow from the Indians what is called the Arabic 'zero'. It came to us from India but it was popularized in the West by the Muslims. So it is now identified as the Arabic numerals, because the Arabic numerals carried to the West the concept of a 'zero'. We wouldn't have computers today if that civilizational knowledge was not borrowed from the Arabs by way of the Indians."
"There is one thing Christianity and Buddhism have in common. They are the only two world religions where the birthplace of the founding father they do not control. Buddha was an Indian, but is more influential now among Chinese and other Asian groups than Indians. Just like Christ; you go to the Middle East, there are more Jews and Muslims. Christians are very small in number now in the birthplace of Jesus."
"Now in the case of the Chinese, they have four different kinds of mosques. They have, what they call, the 'Eid Mosque', which was reserved exclusively for Eid prayers; so when they have Eid prayers like Eid-al-Adha, Eid-al-Fitr, they will go to that place... And they have a Chinese name for it. Then they have the mosque for Jummah prayers, reserved exclusively for Jummah prayers. But then they have mosques close to the tomb of their saints and then they have musallahs on the highways and in the mountains where they will pray. So these were the different types of places to worship in China."